Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultuiral Society
White owers of Clematis armandii

A short selection of things to do in the garden at this time, also published each month in the Lavant News

March (to look forward to April, click on the apple blossom to the right).

Now is the last chance to plant out bare-rooted plants, such as fruit trees, bushes & canes, roses & hedging.

It is also a good time to divide clumps of herbaceous perennials, either to reinvigorate them, to stop them spreading too far or to provide additional plants to use elsewhere in the garden. Take the opportunity to

Clematis armandii

remove any pernicious weeds, such as couch grass, bindweed and ground elder,  before replanting the perennials with some feed and a mulch, ensuring they have enough moisture.

If you are left with any surplus plants, either from dividing perennials or from potting on your seedlings, please donate them to our Plant Sale on Sunday 13th May.

Trim winter-flowering heathers as the flowers fade. Shears are the ideal tool. This will prevent the plants from becoming leggy and bare.

Continue to deadhead winter-flowering pansies and other winter bedding. Pansies will carry on into the spring and even to early summer, if attended to frequently.

Dogwood and willow grown for their colourful winter stems should be cut back very hard before new growth starts, as it is this year’s new stems that will give the best colour next winter.

Slugs will become more active as it gets warmer. Concentrate on protecting vulnerable plants, especially young shoots and seedlings. Clear away dead leaves and other detritus which harbour slugs. Biological control (‘Nemaslug’) is effective and not hazardous to wildlife. In this respect, ferric phosphate pellets pose less of a risk than metaldehyde ones.

Check stakes and ties on tree and shrubs in case winds have loosened them. Winds will exert more force on trees after they come into leaf. Loosen off slightly any ties which are too tight or they will bite into the trunk.

Click above to look forward

to April

Click below for

more comprehensive

advice for this month

from the RHS

Fruit pollination

With a multitude of varieties to choose from, finding the essential combinations to ensure good pollination can seem a bit of a puzzle.

Click the picture above for an easy guide.

Wildlife in the garden


are having a difficult time. Click above to find out how you can help in your garden.

Gardening for butterflies

Click the brimstone left for

more info.

As you plan your garden for 2018, find out how to attract more butterflies

Click above for RHS

information on plants good

for bees & pollinators.